Today’s post “How To Host A Moms Night In – A Guide For Beginners” is brought to you by our friends at Giraffas USA! Thank you for catering our Moms Night In – it was much appreciated.
So you want to host a party – more specifically a Moms Night In. After hosting several Moms Night In, and hearing my friends repeatedly promise to do the same, I’ve decided to create this how to guide for you – and them. If you’ve wondered how to host a Moms Night In, this guide for beginners covers everything from who should make the invite list, food, drinks and of course party games. So while there is no right way or wrong way to host a Moms Night In, I hope this guide helps give your Moms Night In an amazing start to finish.
How To Host A Moms Night In – A Guide For Beginners
The invite list is the most important thing you will be putting together to get your Moms Night In started. So, who should you invite? Well moms of course. Single moms, divorced moms, married moms, all kinds of moms need a night off, even if it’s a night in at your house. While I have stepped out of my comfort zone before and invited non-moms, the conversations might be a tad bit boring to them – sleepless nights, gray hairs and snoring partners. But hey, it’s your party, so please do invite whoever you wish. My friends come from all walks of life, some are “regular” moms, others are Type-A moms, but we are all moms and can relate. No need to spend hours on the phone – send your invites via text, FB events or any other free online invitation system.
This should go without saying, but if mom has the chance for a night off, she definitely needs a drink. Make it stiff, make it a double, make it fruity, but just make it! Personally I love a good fruity drink, or even a sweet one. Normally I am not big on mint or limes, but I’ve fallen in love with a new drink, the Giraffas #Caipiraffas, a take on the classic Brazilian Caipirinha – it’s a wine based vodka with fresh lime juice and sugar – so simple, yet so delicious. Caipiraffas are the new wine – or black, or whatever the saying is – and a must have at any Moms Night In. Alternatively, I’ve never seen anyone turn down a shot of good tequila. Just remember, please drink responsibly and always be MADD.
You have a few options here; catering, store-bought or potluck. Growing up in a home where my mother always cooked the food herself – I typically do the same for a Moms Night In. When I know I have a busy week planned, but still want to host a Moms Night In, I may opt for a potluck. Potlucks are great because if everyone brings a different course dish, the food is covered and you’ve saved yourself a ton of time. The best way to host and be a good hostess, short of cooking the food yourself, is definitely catering. When you are short on time and want to impress your guests, I say go all out and have your Moms Night In catered. Catering takes all the work, fuss and time spent cleaning, out of the picture. With as little as 48 hours advance notice, you can have a fully set up and catered buffet of delicious food and dessert – hot and ready – waiting for your guests. Hosting Bonus: Leftovers – to feed your family the next day, since you’ll be sleeping in after a late night. I wasn’t so fortunate, on either fronts.
This is Fresita – Fresita likes to do Yoga and eat healthy. Fresita eats Quinoa and Mixed Greens Salad. Be like Fresita. *Fresita asked me not to post the photos of her eating the Milk Chocolate Brigadeiro’s. Or tell anyone that she ate like half a box by herself.
I am always looking for something fun to do at my parties. Even with all the giggles we get just from our chit-chat, bringing in something new is without a doubt a game changer (pun intended) at any party. Turns out that I wasn’t the only one that had never played Cards Against Humanity*. PSA: Not for weak stomachs or the politically correct. Without a doubt this was the most hysterical and politically incorrect game I have ever seen or played in my life. At one point I was I laughing so hard I started crying. One of the moms was only supposed to stay for a bit – fast forward to a few hours later and she was still playing.
There isn’t much to learning about how to host a Moms Night In. It is as simple as just inviting some friends over, feeding them, and having a blast. It’s a great way to catch up with other adults, and enjoy some real conversation – even if it is about kids and family life. Moms Night In is the new Poker Night.
Have you hosted a Moms Night In? Do you have any suggestions you would add? Join the conversation online #MomsNightIn, #MamasNightIn and #GiraffasUSA.
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